Opening Special Exhibition
Under the vortex of Cold War, great powers that used to be the Allied Forces during the World War II started to confront each other under the different ideology and political system. The shadow of another Hot War was being cast over the Korean Peninsula, even before its ardent wish to be an independent nation. The Korean War that broke out in 1950 left irrecoverable scars on two Koreas.
The negotiations regarding POWs were contentious and difficult, leading the step for concluding Armistice Agreement to be tardily moved.
The Korean War was the first war for which the Third Geneva Convention of 1949, Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War was applied. Following the characteristics of POWs, classification and reclassification, interrogation and reinterrogation, education and options were given, even horrendous incidents happened continuously in the camps. After concluding the Armistice Agreement, POWs were divided into the returnees, the people who refused to be repatriated, and the POWs who chose neutral nation. However, their hearts had already suffered from the extreme ideological confrontation, violence, and discrimination.
POWs were deadly eager and hopeful for life under such uncertainty of survival. This Exhibition is an opportunity to look back into the Korean Peninsula, yearning for peace-the land known as the last territory of Cold War